Arcadia in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Elias J. Baldwin
The Ranch was Santa Anita, one of several old ranchos that entrepreneur Baldwin would acquire in Los Angeles County, but it became
Ever the businessman, Baldwin signed right-of-way contracts with local railroad companies in the 1880s and made provision for two local depots to be built, one on Ranch land and the other in the heart of his newly laid out Arcadia town site. Land sales were headquartered at Baldwin’s Oakwood Hotel on First Avenue, and soon a flamboyant scheme to petition for cityhood grabbed headlines. Despite protests from neighboring cities, Arcadia was incorporated in 1903, and with Lucky Baldwin becoming Mayor Baldwin, not only was gambling legalized, but in 1907 a dream came true with construction of Santa Anita Park, a racetrack in his own back yard (today the site of Santa Anita Golf Course). Two years
Photos on left:
Elias Jackson Baldwin at his Baldwin Lake boathouse, ca. 1895.
Baldwin Ranch orange crate label, ca. 1890.
Oakwood Hotel (located at southwest corner of Santa Clara and First Ave., across the railroad tracks from Arcadia Depot), ca. 1895.
Photos on right:
Baldwin Ranch winery exhibit, ca. 1890.
Maltese Cross (Baldwin’s racing insignia) commemorating his record four American Derby winners.
Photographs courtesy of Arcadia Historical Society and Sandy Snider.
Erected 2013 by Arcadia Historical Society. (Marker Number 10.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 34° 7.881′ N, 118° 2.738′ W. Marker is in Arcadia, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is at the intersection of Campus Drive and Holly Avenue, in the median on Campus DriveTouch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 370 Campus Dr, Arcadia CA 91007, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Chamber of Commerce Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Seabiscuit (approx. half a mile away); Santa Anita During World War II (approx. half a mile away); Santa Anita Depot (approx. ¾ mile away); Reid-Baldwin Adobe (approx. 0.8 miles away); Queen Anne Cottage (approx. 0.8 miles away); Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden (approx. 0.9 miles away); Arcadia County Park (approx. one mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Arcadia.
Also see . . . Arcadia Historical Society. (Submitted on June 19, 2019.)
Additional keywords. Lucky Baldwin
Credits. This page was last revised on June 20, 2019. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 158 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 19, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.